Arabic News

Tunisia names new government in last bid to avoid early election

PM-designate forms coalition gov’t that will include Ennahda party in a deal that will prevent parliament dissolution. Tunisia’s prime minister-designate Elyes Fakhfakh has announced the formation of a new coalition government after coming to an agreement with Ennahda, the biggest party in parliament, in a deal that will potentially end a months-long political crisis. With this latest agreement, the proposed government will likely ...

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Tunisia: Promising Economic Indicators Hint Successful Tourism Season

Tunisia’s Tourism Ministry has said there were promising economic indicators pointing to a successful tourism season. The growth rate stood at around 13 percent by mid-February, compared with the same period in 2019. It estimated about 650,000 tourists to have visited the country, a boom that has brought about 350 million Tunisian dinars (more than $122 million) in hard currency. ...

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Algeria’s opposition movement marks first anniversary

Several thousand people converged in downtown Algiers on Friday to mark one year of  unprecedented protests that led to the downfall of Algeria’s longtime leader. By the end of the morning, a large noisy crowd, including women and children, with some waving the national flag, gathered at the Grande Poste building, a hot spot of the mobilisation over the past ...

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16 Turkish fighters killed in Libya, says LNA

The Libyan National Army (LNA) said on Sunday that it killed a total of 16 Turkish fighters since Ankara moved troops into the country to prop up its rival faction, the U.N.-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), Al Arabiya reported. Another 100 allied Syrian mercenaries have also died in clashes to defend Tripoli against an LNA advance, the Sky News ...

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As Syrian troops move in, Australian IS captives plead ‘don’t let us fall into the hands of the regime’

Two Australian women held in Syria have made desperate pleas for help as a notorious army closes in. “Until now Australia hasn’t done anything for us,” sobs one young mother of two children. “And we understand the world has hate, but we’re asking just as regretful humans, don’t let us fall into the hands of the regime, please.” She’s among ...

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Donald Trump raises tariffs on Turkey and threatens more sanctions over Syria offensive

The US Government has imposed tariffs on Turkish steel and sanctions on three Turkish ministers and two government departments over Ankara’s attack in Syria against Kurdish forces it views as a terrorist threat. The move comes as US President Donald Trump scrambles to limit the damage from his much-criticised decision to clear US troops from Turkey’s path. Treasury Secretary Steven ...

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Turkish attack on Syria endangers a remarkable democratic experiment by the Kurds

Turkey’s attack on Kurdish-run territory in northern Syria will likely snuff out a radical experiment in self-government that is unlike anything I have seen in more than 30 years studying the Middle East. In a surprise Oct. 6 statement, President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw its troops from northern Syria. Approximately 1,000 American soldiers had been stationed in ...

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Arabic press review: Egypt to release 500 detained since protests

And in Algeria, public and private institutions struggle to stay afloat while Iraq fears the consequences of Turkey’s offensiveEgypt’s state prosecution has decided to release 500 defendants accused of protesting against the government in recent weeks, according to the London-based newspaper Egyptian security services have arrested more than 3,300 people, including academics, lawyers and journalists, since protests kicked off on 20 September ...

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Saudi shares tumble after journalist’s disappearance

Saudi Arabia’s stock market tumbled in early Sunday trade on concerns about relations with the international community following the disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Riyadh and a US resident, vanished on 2 October after visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Ankara believes that he was murdered inside the building and his body removed. ...

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